Visitors are anxiously waiting for the doors to the trade show to open on Wednesday afternoon, April 25.
Emily Murracas, Stephen Cowan and Ajit Saxena with Mucci Farms proudly show the new Cute Cumber Poppers with dip. Ajit shows the Freggie Approved Product Award for the most innovative product designed for children. Mucci received this award for its Veggies to Go product. Congrats!
Mucci's new Cute Cumber Poppers
Steve Page and Greg Akins with Q&A Supplies as well as Catalytic Generators.
Chelsea Gaya with Felix Instruments demonstrates the F-750 Produce Quality Meter to show participants.
David Armenta and Tyler Johnson with Rainier Fruit
Jim Grabowski with Well Pict and Johnna Johnson with Marketing Plus. With temperatures in California going up, strawberries supplies are increasing rapidly, Jim said.
The Sunset Team!
Sunset won the CPMA Packaging Innovation Award for its You Make Me™ line of four pasta kits. Congrats!
Sunset's new line of pasta kits
Raymond Wong of OriginO proudly shows organic tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers. OriginO's products are distributed by Oppy.
Oppy is also distributor of Divemex who has significantly expanded in the organic category within the past year. From left to right: Darren Bonnell with Oppy, Divemex' Mariano Lopez, Oppy's Albert Caudillo, Jaime Tamayo with Divemex and Aaron Quon representing Oppy.
Nick Chappell and Tom Smith with California Giant Berry Farms have a variety of berry products on display. Nick shows a 4 lb. clamshell of strawberries for club stores and foodservice. California Giant will be significantly expanding its raspberry production. Starting in the fall of this year and into 2019, the company's Mexican raspberry production will increase tenfold.
The team of Giumarra Companies. Giumarra served a popular kiwi-mango sorbet to show attendees and talked with participants about mangos from Australia. From left to right: Jason Bushong, Emily Ross, Gary Caloroso, John Corsaro, Jeannine Martin and Kellee Harris. Emily Ross traveled from Australia and works for Manbulloo, Australia's largest grower of Kensington Pride mangos.
The team of Tom Lange: Jeff Baskovich, Stephanie Hilton, Becky Wilson and Paul Foster.
The Village Farms team proudly shows its Stackable Snackables. Stackable top-seal containers that allow the retailer to place more containers in the same shelf space. From left to right: Steve Poklemba, Helen Aquino and Aman Chatha.
Close up of the new stackable snackables: cabernet estate reserves, heavenly villagio marzano tomatoes and a maverick mix.
Dan Harrington with Domex Superfresh Growers proudly shows a pouch bag with Autumn Glory apples.
Susanne Bertolas, Steve Hattendorf, Monserrat Valenzuela and Karen Brux with Fruits from Chile.
Bryan Brown, Breann Speer and Dillon Kunkle with Maf Industries
The team of Star Produce in front of a wall of living lettuce called Inspired Greens. The company recently announced its plans to expand production from 11 million to 20 million heads per year. From left to right: Jessica Wells, Ernesto Maldonado, David Karwacki, Rindi Bristol and Devon Kennedy.
The Zespri team is promoting SunGold kiwi fruit. The fruit is on the water on its way from New Zealand to North America. Within three weeks, retailers in the US and Canada should have good supplies in stores. Last year, SunGold consumption grew 25% in Canada and 36% for all of North America. Glen Arrowsmith, Ben Hughes and Debbie Rogers show topseal clamshells with 2lb. SunGold kiwifruit.
Kristina Conrad and Suzanne Wolter with Evans Fruit Company are holding a Golden Delicious and Gala apple.
Flavorland branded Gala apples as well as Gala apples in the company's premium label Galaxy boxes.
Brad Dennis and Shannon Boase with CKF are walking the floor. Shannon proudly shows a 1.5 lb. home compostable bowl with peel and reseal film.
Close-up of home compostable bowl with peel and reseal film. This bowl has been designed for grape tomatoes, but it comes in different sizes and also works well for berries.
Rocio Munoz and Ande Manos with Babe Farms stand in front of a colorful display of specialty vegetable items.
Baby Purple artichokes from Babe Farms. They can be enjoyed, braised, boiled, roasted as well as grilled.
Beautiful display of different colors of carrots and Brussels sprouts from Babe Farms.
Matt Quiring, Niels Klapwijk, Paul Schockman and Ray Wowryk with NatureFresh Farms.
The team of Naturipe Farms proudly features a variety of conventional and organic berries as well as avocados and snacking products. Front row: Marissa Ritter, Jaqueline Padilla, Janis McIntosh, CarrieAnn Arias. Middle row: Vinnie Lopes, Joe Dugo, Archie Taylor. Back Row: Francisco Del Rio, Kasey Kelley, Brian Jenny.
Naturipe's organic blueberries in top seal compostable packaging from Earthcycle - CKF, Inc.
Mariana Palma Camarena and Guillermo Cardenas with Coliman proudly show avocados grown in Michoacán, Mexico.
The team of Pear Bureau Northwest is represented by Kathy Stephenson, Prentice Dent, Wendy Barrett and Neil Ferguson.
Laurel van Dam, Lisa Linton and Andrew Sandre proudly represent BC Tree Fruits
Sabena Khan, Michael Rotter and Jane Rhyno with Highline Mushrooms. Michael proudly shows a top seal package and Jane shows mushrooms in a bag. The bags are all recyclable and work very well to merchandise blends of mushrooms.
Highline Mushrooms'Chef Robert Hubbard prepared delicious mushroom sushi.
The Driscoll's team represented by Jay Johnson, Casey Rose, Albert Quintero, Mark Kirsch and Doug Ronan.
Brett Burdsal and Dan Kass with Suntreat proudly show Sumo citrus. The company just finished a successful Sumo season.
Suntreat recently re-branded its Gold Nugget mandarins into Sukis.
Celyne Goulet and Tim Ossun with NatureSeal
The team of Red Sun Farms features a wide selection of greenhouse grown vegetables. From left to right: Chris Mendes, Leona Neill, Rob Jackson, Jim DiMenna, Harold Paivarinta, Carlos Visconti, David Medrano and Kyle Moynahan.
Red Sun Farms introduced its new environmentally friendly top seal (peel and reseal) packaging for organic grape tomatoes at CPMA. The new packaging is not commercially available yet.
Maria Montalvo, Scott Howarth, David Ramynke, Mark Reed, Chris Faxon and Brandon Hobson with Sinclair. The company features its compact pattern tray labeler.
The Awe Sum Organics team shows different pouch bags with organic fruit. Jodi Carkner is holding organic kiwi fruit and grapes while Kirk Crane shows organic apples.
Frank Sanchez with Blue Book Services is talking with Luis Camejo of Gwillimdale Farms from Bradford, Ontario.
David Bell and Ruben Houweling with Houweling's Tomatoes show a selection of the company's tomatoes.
Houweling's has greenhouses in Delta, BC as well as Camarillo, California and Mona, Utah.
Jessica Wells, Greg Kennedy, Rindi Bristol and John Lambiris with Star Produce proudly stand in front of the wall of Inspired Greens.
Eric Patrick with Grant J. Hunt Company is walking the floor.
The team of Crawford Packaging is represented by Patterson Young, Doug Crowe, Stuart Jackson and Sam Capson.
Lori Hickey and Richard Cowden with Baloian Farms, based in California.
Vince Ferrante, Leslie Simmons and Mike Bowe with Dave's Specialty Imports show Florida blueberries, pomegranate arils as well as California-grown strawberies.
The team of Sunripe Certified Brands: Peter Sheffield, Lyle Bagley and Carlos Blanco.
Jack Lidiard and Murray Hilborne with Marco Limited from the UK.
Father and son Jim and Jeff Helseth together with Dave Oman of Twist-Ease.
Carolien and Jacques Luteijn with Smart-snacking Body & Brains.
Jeremy Loewen with Van Doren Sales, Diarmuid Meagher with Tomra Sorting Solutions and Jody Jackson with Tomra/Compac.
Stephanie Cutaia with Burlington, Ontario based EarthFresh. The company took home the award for Best Island Booth. Congrats!
NutriSpud Vitality from EarthFresh is a colorful blend of potatoes and includes Yellow Skin - Yellow Flesh, Red Skin - Yellow Flesh and Purple Skin - Purple Flesh potatoes. It's the newest member of the NutriSpud Family.
Lauren Del Rosario, Hollie Johnson, Chris Horrell and Abbie Phillips with Love Beets. Lauren joined Love Beets less than a month ago.
Ken Rickerson and Darlene Zeh with Chestnut Hill Farms.
Carolina Chevalier and Andrea Dubak with Thomas Fresh proudly show specialty produce items in the company's new compostable, recyclable trays.
Gawar beans and baby bok choy from Thomas Fresh.
The Wonderful Company team
German Martinez has a booth in the Mexico Pavilion and promotes the company's new banana brand, King.
A group of Honduras exporters who export different fruit and vegetable varieties to Canada.
TFO Canada and Funder Honduras won the Best Booth First Time Exhibitor Award at CPMA. Congrats!
Exporters from Ecuador proudly show their beautiful products: yellow pitahaya and granadilla.
Granadillas from Ecuador
Yellow pitahayas from Ecuador
John Clerou with Mazzei-Franconi, Satsumie Blue Jay, Derek Vaughn with Johnston Farms and Tom Franconi with Mazzei-Franconi.
Hunter Gibbs and Don Sparks of Nash Produce talk to show attendees about their selection of sweet potatoes.
Sarah Yancho, Eric Olshove and Ryan Lockman with North Bay Produce
Harm Geurs and Marco Maljaars with Eqraft were giving away Dutch stroopwafels to show attendees.
Nick Berlo with Berlo's Best grows sweet potatoes in Ontario.
Wilhelmina de Jager with the BC Blueberry Council
Jessica Brady, Alexandra Turner and Jeanette De- Coninck-Hertzler with Okanagan Specialty Fruits proudly show Arctic ApBitz dried apple snacks. Alexandra just started with the company.
The Mission Produce team is represented by Monica Robles, Robb Bertels and Janett Garcia.
Jess Lopez, Jason Dunn, Christa Schuck and Kyla Oberman with Tanimura & Antle.
John Toner and Courtney Doby with the United Fresh Produce Association smile for the camera.
Merritt Bruce with Growers Express - Green Giant Fresh proudly shows a Fried Rice Bowl and Burrito Bowl that were recently launched as part of a line of six.
Children are walking the CPMA show floor as part of the Freggie Children's program that encourages children to make healthy food choices. Mucci Farms won the Freggie Approved Product Award with Veggies to Go for the most innovative product designed for children.
Lyn Luu and Joe Salvo with Ponderosa Mushrooms. The company is in the process of moving to its new location in Maple Ridge, BC, a 20-acre King Oyster and Enoki mushroom farm.
Selection of different mushroom varieties from Ponderosa Mushrooms.
Rick Twiggs and Joanne Yam with IFCO.
Olad Adewusi, Gopal Gupta and Fazleen Khan-Gupta with City Wide Produce have a golf game and fun guessing games to attract attendees to the booth.
Walking the show are Tim Loomans with Soho Produce and Ridder Drost with Liquido d'Oro from the Netherlands.
Justin Lenz with Giro Pack shows the company's latest product: the handle bag can be used for any produce variety.
Richard Nguyen and Gerd Uitdewilligen with Emerson were visiting the Sunkist booth to try some ginger and coriander infused mandarins.
Alistair Vigier and Jova Xu with Jusu Bar are walking the floor.
Jerry Summers and Bobby Rigor with CBS Farms showing conventional and organic strawberries respectively.
Christine Connell and Scott Ross with West Pak Avocado are featuring California avocados at the CPMA show. Christine shows Avo Monsters while Scott shows the I Love Avocado bags.
The team of Pacific Customs Brokers and ABC Customs Brokers: Ralf Steinberg, Lisa Stevenson and Dave Bucholtz
Tim Evans and Mac Riggan stond in front of a bin with Koru apples from New Zealand. In total, about 120 containers of Koru apples will be shipped to the US to be distributed from coast to coast.
Koru apples from New Zealand arrived in North America a week ago.
The team of BCfresh: Laurie Gray, Steve Young, Murray Driediger and Greg Holmes.
Kaci Komstadius and Steve Kuebler (second from the right) with Sage Fruit receive a visit from Adam Donikian and Frank Bondi (far right) with Sobeys.
The Emerson team in full force: James Keays, John Rabbito, Gerd Uitdewilligen and Pamela Jordan.
From left to right Tom Kioussis, Sarah Taylor and Rochelle Payawal with Gambles. The company imports citrus from many different origins.
Willem de Jong and Wim van der Meulen with Volm Companies.
Hotdogs and guacamole at the booth of Wholly Guacamole.
Belgian delegation, including Jan Engelen (Hoogstraten), Sofie Lambrecht (BelOrta) en Johan de Gendt (Nicolai Fruit).
David Wingerak and Joanne Freeman with Federated Co- operatives Limited.
View of Vancouver harbor and the mountains from the convention center. CPMA participants enjoyed beautiful weather all week long.